Heading across the state line… Happy Valley’s Absher signs to play collegiate softball for SVCC

Published 1:54 pm Thursday, May 13, 2021

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
Coming into her final spring sports season as an athlete at Happy Valley High School, multi-talented athlete Olivia Absher was weighing the options of continue playing sports in college or focus solely on a degree in nursing.

Wheels recently starting turning for Absher as she was invited to make a visit to Southwest Virginia Community College and after visiting with the softball coach and the campus, Absher found she could continue to pursue her athletic career while getting a nursing degree from the college.

When the offer came, Absher was ready to take the next step as she recently signed her National Letter of Intent in the school’s library before family, friends, and coaches to play at the Southwest Virginia college.

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“Right off the bat when I first met Coach Smith and I talked to her on the phone, I felt like I had a connection to her,” said Absher about what led to her decision to commit to SVCC. “When we went up there to visit, I just absolutely loved the school.

“The view was beautiful and they have a good nursing program and that’s why I chose to go there.”

Absher was a leader on the basketball court and the softball field her senior season as she played shortstop on the softball squad.

She said when she took time to think about making a decision to play, her family was instrumental in the choice.

“There was a lot of encouragement from my family telling me that I should chase my dreams because I will never get an opportunity like this again,” Absher shared. “That is why I decided to play there.

“My family is amazing and I couldn’t do anything that I do without them.”

Absher is the second athlete from the area to sign and play softball for SVCC. She will be joining Elizabethton’s Kallista Deprimo who recently committed to play for Coach Smith as well.

“I am super excited about that,” said Absher. “I actually played with Kallista when we were younger so I am super excited to be teammates with her again.”

There will be a lot of differences between playing at the high school level and the collegiate level and Absher is ready to dig down and be prepared for lies ahead for her.

“I think it will definitely be a lot more intense and competitive. I will have to bring it every single day if I want playing time,” commented Absher.